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USAF Taps Aerojet Rocketdyne, Orbital ATK, Northrop for Engine Tech Research Services

USAF Taps Aerojet Rocketdyne, Orbital ATK, Northrop for Engine Tech Research Services - top government contractors - best government contracting event

MUOS-4 satellite launchAerojet Rocketdyne, Orbital ATK and Northrop Grumman have received contracts worth a combined $14.5 million to help the U.S. Air Force explore new methods for production of rocket engine technology, Space News reported Monday.

Mike Gruss writes the Air Force on Wednesday awarded $6 million to Aerojet Rocketdyne, $5.4 million to Northrop and $3.1 million to Orbital ATK as part of efforts to build a U.S. counterpart to Russian RD-180 engine that Air Force uses for national security satellite launches.

To date, the military branch has issued seven contracts worth almost $17 million for the engine research initiative, which Space News estimates has a ceiling value of up to $35 million.

The project’s initial objective is to reduce propulsion technology development costs through the use of additive manufacturing methods and new materials, Gruss reports.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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